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French Wine and Kings County Whiskey for this Weekend Tasting!!

Posted on December 13, 2018


Join us tonight for one of the last tasting of the year!

 On Friday will have open 4 wines from 3 different region of France,
 A white from the alps, and 3 reds, a Burgundy pinot + 2 from the Languedoc-Roussillon region wines!
 
 On Saturday we will have the visit from Kings County Distillery, 
 They will show their seasonal spice whiskey, very delicious and Chirstmasit and their classic famous Bourbon!!
 
 Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
 
  See below a full information: 
 

Domaine Chanzy, Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2017)

Grape
Pinot Noir
Geography
Burgundy, France
Appellation
Bourgogne
 

Dating from the 16th century in the village of Bouzeron in Burgundy’s Cote Chalonnaise, Maison Chanzy owns 79 acres of vineyard supplying grapes for 80% of its production, which is focused on the appellations Bourgogne, Bouzeron, Rully and Mercurey. A signature wine of the estate comes from its Clos de la Fortune Monopole vineyard in Bouzeron. The Maison also produces wines from an impressive range of Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits appellations including several 1er and Grands Crus.

The Maison’s cellars have been modernized and the vineyards, which average between 30 and 45 years of age, are being revitalized with an eye toward conversion from sustainable to organic farming. Operations are carried out in conjunction with the lunar calendar. Strict sorting is done in the vineyard and again in the cellar. Chanzy is one of a growing number of wineries that play music in their cellars during malolactic fermentation (in this case Mozart), which they feel enhances aromatic purity, precision and tension in the wines.

Notes

Purity, balance and truth to their origins are hallmarks of Maison Chanzy wines. They present enticing aromatics, fresh, elegant fruit character, minerality and finesse. Their oak elements are discreet and well integrated. 

The refined and fruity nose is a perfect accom-paniment to roast pork or poultry. The well-integrated tannins are a great choice for an aperitif served with tapas.
Serving temperatures: 13 à 15°C

Domaine la Colombette, Vin de Pays de l’Hérault Lledoner Pelut (2014)

Grape
Lledoner Pelut
Geography
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation
Pays d’Hérault

Appreciated as a varietal in its own right, the Lledoner Pelut is a downy-leaved, less rot-prone form of Grenache still grown in Languedoc-Roussillon and, as Garnacha Peluda, in north-east Spain. 

From only one parcel, these are the oldest vines at the Domaine-having been planted in 1968 by Francois Pugibet. This vineyard can be found along a plateau, in Lasserre.

Grapes are 100% destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation occurs in stainless steel and concrete tanks, and aging occurs in neutral vats and demi-muid barrels.

Details : IGP Pays d’Hérault 2015 – Grape Variety : Lledoner Pelut 100 % 
Tasting notes : Deep red in colour and on the nose scents of red fruit ; strawberries and raspberries and notes of spice and garrigue herbs such as thyme and rosemary. The palate is soft, silky and long.
Advices : A wine you can keep for 10 years. Best opened 2 hours before drinking. This wine is a great match for most meats and even pairs very nicely with spicy dishes.

Château Trillol, Corbières (2014)

Grapes
Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan
Geography
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation
Corbières

The region of the Hautes Corbières certainly worked its magic on the Sichel family, who acquired Trillol in 1990. Since then, Benjamin Sichel, Technical Director and Henri Guiot, Estate Manager, have worked tirelessly to fulfill the potential of this winery. Following the latest acquisition of plots of vines adjoining the estate, the entire harvest will, in future, consist exclusively of grapes from the historic vineyard of Trillol. Benjamin Sichel, and Henri Guiot will now have greater control over vintage quality and will be able to produce wines which correspond exactly to their vision. The wines of Trillol have gained in depth and intensity and are displaying greater freshness than ever before – an essential feature of this high-lying vineyard.

High in the hills of the Corbières, in a stunning corner of south west France, Château Trillol has been a Sichel family property since 1990. At 400m above sea level, the vineyard is located in two of the Corbières terroirs: Termenès and Quéribus. Here the local grape varieties, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan (harvested by hand), result in an authentic wine that is packed with character and a strong sense of place.

Domaine Eugène Carrel, Rousette de Savoie Altesse (2017)

Grape
Altesse
Geography
Savoy, France
Appellation
Vin de Savoie
 
 

Domaine Eugene Carrel & Fils is located in the village of Jongieux, about 40 miles southwest of Geneva, Switzerland, in between the Rhone River and Lake Bourget, France’s largest lake. Established in the 14th century, Eugene manages the estate with his son Olivier and his son-in-law Sebastien.

The vineyards are situated at 1,476 feet and planted on steep, southwest facing slopes to calcareous clay soils. Despite their proximity to the Swiss Alps, the climate is surprisingly warm; Jongieux enjoys 2-3 more hours of sun than any other area in the Savoie. Consequently, the fruit reaches phenolic ripeness which diminishes the need for chaptalization resulting in wines that are balanced and fresher than its regional counterparts.

The Carrel vineyards are planted with indigenous varietals: Jacquere (sold as Vin de Savoie Jongieux Banc), Altesse (aka Roussette de Savoie), Gamay and Mondeuse. The majority of Carrel’s wines are vinified in stainless steel tanks to maintain freshness, aromas and flavors. A small selection is aged in oak barrels to lend additional depth and structure to the wines.

 
Saturday:
 
Saturday: Kings County Distillery from Navy Yard, Brooklyn

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine, bourbon, and other whiskeys out of the 117-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


Kings County Distillery, Winter Spice Whiskey

For this year’s fall seasonal release, we created an infusion of baking spices associated with mulled cider, hot toddies, and winter holidays. Using cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, black peppercorns, clove, and star anise, this whiskey is a bold but balanced answer to some of the cinnamon-flavored offerings from bigger distilleries that aim for a broader audience. Perfect for cocktails that like a spicy cinnamon kick, this whiskey is designed for crisp, cool weather.

Kings County Distillery, Bourbon Whiskey

 
Kings County Distillery’s Straight Bourbon is made from New York State organic corn and malted barley from the U.K., is twice distilled in copper pot stills and then aged in new charred oak barrels.  It is characterized by a rich aroma of fresh corn, balanced with the sweet caramelized oak sap from small barrels.  It has a very strong sweet base with flavors of vanilla and caramel, a deep molasses taste to the middle notes, and leaves a smooth finish with hints of cinnamon and autumn spices. Aged for at least two years, this bourbon is a precocious whiskey, surprisingly robust for its age.


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Italian Wines and Local Spirits Tasting!!

Posted on December 6, 2018

Join us for this holiday season weekend!!
Friday we will open 4 Italian wines:
3 reds, including an always elegant Nebbiolo grape from the Piedmont region, a Sangiovese Chianti Clasico and a Montepruciano d’Abruzzo.
For the white drinkers, we will offer a Saove, Garganega grape from Veneton!
On Saturday, we will have a visit from Forthave distillery from  Brooklyn!!
They will show their aperitif to enjoy before dinner or your Negroni cocktail and a Amaro for after dinner, or your fabulous cocktail!

 

Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full description:

Azelia, Langhe Nebbiolo (2015)

Grape: Nebbiolo
Geography: Piedmont, Italy
Appellation: Langhe

Azelia is owned by the family of Luigi Scavino. It was founded by his great grandfather, Lorenzo, in 1920 who was the first to bottle wines from the family’s vineyards. The small family estate in Castiglione Faletto has acquired over four generations some of the region’s finest vineyards including the famed cru Bricco Fiasco. The family farms 16ha of vines in the communes of Castiglione and Serralunga on both Helvetian and Tortonian soils. While the wines of the ‘90s were considered part of Marc diGrazia’s ‘Barolo Boys’ modernist movement, today the focus is intensely on the work in the vineyard. Old vines and rigorous green harvesting in the vineyard along with organic farming techniques ensure that little intervention in the winery is necessary.

Notes

The true Nebbiolo, in purity. From it the brilliant and lively color. Violet and floral aromas, juicy, with refreshing touches of cherry, strawberry and currant.

The exclusive aging in steel, strongly wanted, permits, more than ever, the performance of the variety characters. Raspberry in primis. Zesty acidity, fully attractive. Extremely ripe tannins. An approach to Barolo with instantaneous drinkability.

Le Cinciole, Chianti Classico (2013)

Grape: Sangiovese

Geography: Tuscany, Italy

Appellation: Chianti Classico

Features: Organic
The estate has an extension of 30 hectares at an altitude of 400-450 mts on the sea level, it was bought by the present owners in 1991, who renovated the cellars, that had originally been built in order to sell the wine to “negociants”. Valeria Vigan and Luca Orsini also personally run Le Cinciole. The vineyard extension is presently thirteen hectares of vineyards, of which eleven are actually in production. The principal aim of Valeria and Luca has always been the search for quality which respects traditions and territory. What characterizes their philosophy is the choice of using mainly Sangiovese to make Chianti Classico, with a moderate use of wood in order to respect the nature of the grape. The estate started the conversion phase to organic viticulture in 2002 and official certification was obtained in 2005.
Notes

“Le Cinciole’s 2013 Chianti Classico is a very pretty, delicate, mid-weight wine. Lifted and gracious in style, the 2013 will drink nicely for at least the next few years. Crushed flowers, sweet red fruit, cherry pit and spices add lovely shades of nuance throughout. This is a very pretty, understated Chianti Classico from Le Cinciole.”

Torre Raone, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Lucanto (2016)

Grape: Montepulciano

Geography: Abruzzo, Italy

Appellation: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Features: Organic
All the most beautiful Abruzzo.
All the essence of Montepulciano.
With the “Lucanto”, which recalls the name of the two partners and owners of the company LUCiano and ANTOnio, Tenuta Torre Raone transports us directly to the lands of Loreto Aprutino, giving us a sip that wonderfully preserves the characteristics of fruit and territory.
Worked exclusively in steel and son of a slightly late harvest, it is a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Biologico that would be pleasant to define as reductive: try it and you will realize how fast the bottle will be able to empty.
Notes

Fresh and fruity wine, 100% Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, comes from a late harvest of grapes into wine and then stored only in steel in order to preserve the original taste of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo that occurs in the mouth with flavors and soft fruit red berries such as blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and plum.

WINE
Long fermentation on the skins in steel containers. During the winter the malolactic fermentation takes place at controlled temperature, 18 ° C,

VISUAL INSPECTION
Deep ruby red, consistent.

OLFACTORY
Intense, persistent and fine, intense and enjoyable of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry, plum, blueberry and violet.

TASTE CHARACTERISTICS
Warm, soft, fruity, with intense sensations of ripe black cherry and blackberry; remarkably persistent with soft tannins, velvety, balanced and harmonious. It combines with red braised and roasted meat, hard cheese.

Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve, Soave Lepia (2016)

Grape: Garganega

Geography: Veneto, Italy

Appellation: Soave

Immediately upon arriving at the Bertani Family estates, you sense the presence of a centuries-old wine making tradition, on lands uniquely blessed. The Family’s extensive properties span all the main denominations of the Verona wine region. Its two main estates, Villa Mosconi in Valpolicella Classica and Tenuta Santa Maria in Val d’Illasi, are steeped in generations of history as they have been passed down through the years.

History and tradition have shaped our unique philosophy, one which is applied both to the viticulture practiced on our estates and to the creation of our finely-crafted wines. The vineyards are maintained with meticulous care, planted according to proven high-density methods. Characterized by elegance and balance, all our wines have great potential for aging and maturing in the bottle.

a single-vineyard soave white obtained from a local Garganega varietal with low-yield vineyards and careful attention to vinification, conducted in stainless steel. A pleasant surprise to the palate, with both freshness and depth, giving it an interesting and balanced structure.

Light straw-yellow. A complex aroma with scents of summer fruits, pears, peaches, herbs, almonds, as well as minerality. The taste is rich and fresh, with a pleasant saltiness that actually intensifies the softness. Mild vanilla taste and good persistency.

Saturday:

Forthave Spirits

As legend has it, while the plague ravaged Europe in the 15th Century, a botanist named Richard Forthave created a popular herbal tonic as protection.

At Forthave Spirits, we believe in crafting spirits that are natural and delicious. They look towards history for inspiration for every one of their botanical spirits and approach every aspect of their production and supply chain with care.

RED

Aperitivo

A bittersweet aperitivo infused with 13 botanicals including orange, chamomile and rose. Perfect mixed with soda water or grapefruit juice, on the rocks with lime, or in a Negroni.

MARSEILLE

Amaro

Based on the secret recipe of four medieval thieves. They were caught stealing from plague victims in Marseille. In exchange for clemency, they revealed their secret concoction. With notes of cinnamon, eucalyptus, and honey, this amaro can be enjoyed neat or in a variety of cocktails.

Weekend Store Tasting!!

Posted on November 29, 2018

The Holidays are here and it’s time to celebrate!
Hanukkah! Holiday parties! Office parties, Secret santa!
We have loads of great wine to choose from and unique, local NY spirits for all occasions!
On Friday we will have open 4 wines,
#3 reds, a Spanish classic Rioja reserva, a Valpolicella Superiore, Italy and a Malbec from Salta, north of Argentina.
An a white blend from Galicia, Spain!!
On Saturday we will have a visit from Vanbrunt Stillhouse form Red Hooks Brooklyn.
They will show us their fabulous Bourbon and the distillery Winter limit edition campfire whiskey!!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full information:

Vallisto, Cafayate Malbec (2013)

Grape: Malbec

Geography: Salta, Argentina

Appellation: Cafayate
Cafayate is a town located at the central zone of the Valles Calchaquíes in the province of Salta, Argentina. It sits 1,683 metres (5,522 ft) above mean sea level, at a distance of 189 kilometres (117 mi) from Salta City and 1,329 kilometres (826 mi) from Buenos Aires.
The grapes were hand picked in 20kg baskets When the fruit arrives at the winery we do a cluster selection in a sorting table rejecting leaves and dehydrated clusters. Once in the tank we do a cold soaking for 3 to 4 days between 8 and 10 c to get more fruit character. We inoculate with selected yeasts. During early stages of fermentation we pumpover 3 times a day the volume of the tank. Then, we only move the wine everyday to wet the hat, macerating for one or two weeks more. Finally we run-off the wine once all the good components were extracted from the skins. We naturally let the wine finish malolactic fermentation. Then, 50% free run wine is aged for 12 months, using 225 and 500 liter French barrels hand crafted with oak from the Allier forest with a very soft toast. The other 50% of the wine is aged in concrete vats, also for 12 months.
The vineyards grow on rich loamy soils with a deep rocky subsoil, on the Western slope of Mount Punta Alta, which protects them from excessive sun exposure. Standing at more than 1,900 metres above sea level, the vineyard benefits from the coolness afforded by high altitudes, even during heat waves.
Notes:
 
Very elegant, but full of power and complexity. Spicy on the nose, with oaky notes and bitter chocolate, big black fruits and peppery in the mouth. Big and rich, but with a gentle acidity, with soft and opulent tannins.

Bodegas Lan, Rioja Reserva (2011)

Grapes: Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Mazuelo

Geography: Rioja, Spain

Appellation: Rioja
Elaborated with grapes coming from old vines located at Rioja Alta area. Fermentation of destemmed grapes in stainless steel tanks. Maceration for 15 days with continuous pumping over in order to achieve a good extraction of colour.
In American and French oak barrels for at least 12 months, followed by 24 months in bottle

Tasting notes

Brilliant ripe black cherry red colour with good depth. Fruity aromas with elegant notes of fine wood. Velvety in the mouth with a long finish

Zardini, Zardini Valpolicella Classico Superiore (2016)

Geography: Veneto, Italy

Appellation: Valpolicella

This Valpolicella comes from a classic blend of pink grape vines of the Veneto region, Corvina (which is found in the final cut with the highest percentage) Rondinella and Molinara. The land where the vines grow are predominantly red and brown, characterized by the presence of calcareous marl and basalt. In the vintage Pietro Zardini selects only the best grapes, and the must obtained after pressing the grapes ferments in steel, macerating on the skins for 15-20 days. The aging lasts 8-10 months in oak barrels, and then the wine is left to rest for a few months in steel.

The Valpolicella Zardini is revealed to the eye with a ruby color. The range of aromas that surrounds the nose tells a fine progression of aromas of ripe fruit, enriched by more floral sensations and touches of officinal herbs. When tasted it has a light body tending to medium, with a wide and enveloping, agile sip, characterized by a perfect balance between taste and smell. A bottle to which Pietro Zardini is particularly attached, which is appreciated every day on the table in combination with different land recipes.

Bright ruby red color

Perfume Fruity and elegant, with hints of ripe red fruit, flowers and medicinal herbs

Taste Soft, lean, rich and fruity, with good balance

Blanquito, Rías Baixas (2017)

Geography: Spain

Appellation: Rías Baixas
 
On Saturday:

Brooklyn Whiskey – Van Brunt Stillhouse

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Van Brunt Stillhouse takes a time honored traditional approach to distilling.  Sourcing wheat, rye and corn directly from upstate New York farmers.  Making every spirit from scratch in the waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn.  Their family of whiskeys give a nod to classic styles while remaining innovative, creating bold and flavorful spirits.

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Van Brunt Stillhouse Bourbon Whiskey  is a wheated bourbon made with 65% organic NY state corn.   This American classic is carefully made with only the best ingredients.

Van Brunt Stillhouse Campfire Whiskey

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Van Brunt Stillhouse Campfire Whiskey

Tasting Notes

This limited release from our friends in Brooklyn is perfectly suited for the season. Campfire is comprised of a blend of three straight whiskies aged in a variety of barrels. The smoked wheat whiskey, smoked corn and peated bourbons each contribute a different level of fire that combine for a more nuanced delivery of smoke character, balanced well by the barrel sugars. We’ll definitely be curling up next to this dram while it lasts.

A special “3-Days of Tasting” this week!!

Posted on November 15, 2018

 
We are here to help you get ready for Thanksgiving!
 
This week is special because this Thursday we will have a Beaujolais Nouveau tasting!
On Friday in preparation for Turkey Day, we will have 4 wines open:
A white Burgundy Chardonnay from Macon-Village,  France
And 3 reds: a Pinot Noir/Gamay blend from Loire Valley, France
A Criolla grande ( a new trendy grape) from Mendoza, Argentina
A south of Italy juicy Negroamaro grape!
 
On Saturday, we will present the Standard Wormwood Rye and their tasty Agave!! Directly from Bushwick Brooklyn!!
 
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
 
See below for full information:
 
Thursday:

Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrivé! Beaujolais Day!
We will have our Annual Beaujolais Nouveau tasting on the day of its release.
 
 
BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2018
ANTONIN RODET

The Beaujolais region of France is home to the Gamay grape, and is renowned for several wines produced from this hand-harvested fruit, fermented by carbonic maceration and bottled just six to eight weeks after harvest (as opposed to the months or years some wines are given).

Characteristics:

Made according to the traditional Beaujolais winemaking method. This includes macerating the whole bunches of grapes for a short period, from 5 to 7 days, to get just the right balance of colour, aromas and tannins in the selected cuvees. The vats are temperature controlled in order to extract as much fruit as possible.


Tasting Notes:
Colour: Intense ruby red with purple glints.


Nose: Powerful aromas of red berries: red currant, raspberry and cherry give the first nose tremendous appeal.

Palate: Delectable, very elegant and full-bodied on the palate with a soft, velvety finish and good length.

 
FRIDAY: 

Jacques Charlet, Mâcon-Villages La Crochette (2016)

Grape: Chardonnay
Geography: Burgundy, France
Appellation: Mâcon-Villages
 

The Charlet wines are made by the Barbet family, whose cru Beaujolais we also import. The Charlets and Barbets are related through marriage, and the Charlets were the original owners of Domaine des Billards in Saint Amour. 

The Barbets purchase fruit from families they have known for generations. The land is farmed sustainably and the wines are made at the winery in Beaujolais.

100% Chardonnay grown in a limestone-clay soil from vineyards in Viré-Clessé and west of the village of Mâcon. The “La Crochette” is vinified in stainless steel tanks to maximize floral notes and fruitiness, making it a fresh, vibrant and classic Mâcon-Villages.

 

François Cazin, Cheverny Rouge (Pinot Noir/Gamay) (2015)

Grapes: Pinot Noir and Gamay
Geography: Loire Valley, France
Appellation: Cheverny
 
François Cazin tends vines of considerable age and the resulting yields are well below average in any given year. His Cheverny is fresh and floral, with appley-texture and crisp acidity. The flavors are sleek and precise. Since 1997, the wine has been bottled unfiltered by gravity. His wines have consistently been the top pick of the vintage at the annual Loire Valley wine show in Angers.
 
63% Pinot Noir/33% Gamay./4% Côt. Estate vines averaging 30 years old on clay-limestone vines, sustainably farmed and harvested by hand. The Pinot Noir is destemmed and macerated for a week, while the Gamay is whole-cluster fermented semi-carbonically; the small bit of darker, more tannic Côt, aka Malbec, adds a touch of color and structure. Stainless steel, no oak. ‘Le Petit Chambord” is the ancestral name of this property and appears on the label.
 
The nose, expressive and complex, combines strawberry and raspberry slightly stewed with notes of black fruit and a hint of leather that reflect the grapes harvested with good maturity. Generous and powerful, supported by velvety and melted tannins, the palate stretches into a long finish on red fruits.

Via Revolucionaria, La Criolla Grande Mendoza (2018)

Grape: Criolla Grande
Geography: Mendoza, Argentina
Appellation: Mendoza
The oldest grape varieties in South America have been sidelined for the past hundred years, but a new generation is now reclaiming its lost winemaking heritage as Criolla varieties re-emerge from the shadows.
When the Spanish first conquered the Americas in the 1500s, they brought the holy trinity of cultivars – olive trees, wheat and grapevines. Whether planted as sticks or seeds, the first grapes to grow were known as the Criolla, or Mission, varieties: a select handful of varieties picked for their highyielding and resilient nature, and destined to conquer the New World.
Of these founding varieties, which included Moscatel, Pedro Ximénez and Torontel, the most important was a red grape commonly known as Listán Prieto in Spain, Mission in the US, País in Chile, Criolla Chica in Argentina and some 45 other synonyms in-between.
Via Revolucionaria is located in Tupungato, Uco Valley Mendoza. Matias Michelini is the winemaker and agron- omist. Matias strives to make experimental wines that ex- press terroir. These wines are extremely low production and are drawn from multiple inspirations, regions, and styles. The Via Revolucionaria wines are all low production, single vineyard, unconventional wines, fermented with native yeast. 
 
The Criolla grande is fermented via carbonic maceration.  fermented in an open amphora with native yeast and no added sulfur.
Description: A wine full of intense red fruit aromas evoking strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries. Light and fresh; simple, pure and genuine.
 

Perrini, Salento Negroamaro (2017)

Geography: Puglia, Italy
Appellation: Salento
Features: Organic
In the southernmost part of the heel of the “Italian boot”, otherwise known as the Salento Peninsula of the Puglia region, the Perrini family has been growing grapes and making wine for generations. For many years, most of their fruit was sold off to négociants, as the means and finances to estate-bottle were prohibitive. Current generation Vito and his sister Mila Perrini set about changing that in the 1990’s, building an underground cellar and converting their fifty hectares to certified-organic viticulture–neither of these steps being the norm for a bulk-production-oriented region accustomed to heavy-handed, high-alcohol red wines. Their vines average 30-35 years of age at this point, spread amongst several zones in the hills around Castellaneta near Taranto on a mix of sand, limestone and clay soils.
Perrini wines are remarkably balanced, light-handed and savory compared to the usual Puglian fare, especially at their very modest price level. This Negroamaro comes from estate vines averaging 30-35 years of age, with some as much as 60 years old; done in stainless steel, it has compelling aromas of blood orange and spice, with dark fruit and bright acidity on the palate.
 
 
Saturday:
 

Standard Wormwood Distillery, Wormwood Rye

The distillery is founded on experimenting with wormwood spirits. Early on in their trials, wormwood was an illusive banned ingredient, best known for its use in traditional absinthe. On their first distillation they fell in love with more than the myth though, the subtle lucid wakeful feel was unlike any other spirit. Unknown to their at the time, spirits with wormwood were nearing the end of a century old ban.

Only making small batches, hand-made still and using a grain-in-column distilling technique makes for a completely crafted method that they use to this day at distillery in north Brooklyn on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick, a short walk from where they started experiments in the mid 2000s. The grain come from upstate farms where they grew up around, the same region where they source all local organic NY grains from and grow their own wormwood. It makes the spirits smooth at 90 proof with distinct layers and complexity that continue long into the finish of every sip. This is the standard distillery – pushing the boundaries of classic liquors by redefining and reinventing the craft of what wormwood spirits can be.

 
 Notes of rye spiciness and smoky oak- no water and no sugar is needed, and no anise or licorice is used. Crafted over a decade, bottling the feel of absinthe and the heart of rye. The wormwood spirit is a complex and perfect go-to drink that redefines what wormwood spirits can be. Substitutes uniquely for classic whiskey cocktails because of the grain and oak aging.
 

Standard Wormwood Distillery, Wormwood Agave

 

Notes
Using a Whole Agave, hearts and leaves, and smoking it with pineapple and pumpkin seeds we have created something new here. An agave spirit with similarities to tequila and mezcal but distinctly wormwood influenced with a corn thin mash fermentation. There is a balance with the smoothness of a tequila and finish of smoky mezcal, the wormwood rounds out the spirit while creating a complex front, middle and finish. We brought up whole agave from Texas to make this limited release. Spicy fresh cut pepper notes come through on the nose and are balanced with a deeper smooth body and a smokier finish, a distinct variation on agave spirits.

Weekend Tasting @ il Vino Torchio!!

Posted on November 8, 2018

Join us this weekend for a fabulous tasting,
On Friday we will have open a white from Rioja Spain and 3 reds
a Nero D’Avola from Sicily, a french blend from Corbieres appellation and a big Chilean blend
On Saturday we will have open Honey Whiskey from the Catskills!!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full information:

Burgo Viejo, Rioja Blanco (2017)

Grapes: Viura and Tempranillo Blanco
Geography; Rioja, Spain
Appellation: Rioja
Features: Organic

Originally started as a cooperative in the 1950’s Burgo Viejo now has sixteen families farming their vineyards. Since 2003, Gorka Etxebarria has been in charge of the winemaking.
The vineyards measure 200 hectares – 494 acres and spread throughout the municipality of Alfaro, La Rioja, Spain at the foothills of Yerga Mountain, on the banks of the fertile Ebro Valley. This area offers a huge diversity of soils and microclimates where the grape varietals, Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Garnacha, Carignan, Graciano and Viura grow to become Burgo Viejo wines.

Most of the vines are 30 years old. Some Garnacha are over 90 years old and a new organic vineyard dedicated to Graciano has been planted. They age their wines in both American and French oak.

60% Viura, and 40% Trempranillo Blanco, organically grown.

Vineyards are located in Alfaro. Manual harvest in 8 kilograms baskets. 100% destemmed. Light pressing of the grapes.
Fermentation at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. No Malolactic fermentation.
No Oak. Aged 3 months on the lees with frequent batonnage.
13.5% Alcohol
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92pts, James Suckling “Some lifted poached-pear and lemon-peel aromas, as well as sweet perfume. the palate delivers a smooth and juicy array of melon and white-peach flavors. Bright, and crunchy and fresh.”

Castelmaure, Corbières Col des Vents (2014)

Grapes: Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah
Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Appellation: Corbières

S.C.V. Castelmaure was founded in the 1920’s and today consists of 65 members, of which 15 bring 85% of the production. The winery is located in the unofficial Corbières cru site of Durban (there are 11 unofficial Cru’s in Corbières), which will become soon an official Cru together with Boutenac and Alaric. The Serre mountain in the south protects the little plateau of Castelmaure from the off weather patterns of the Mediterranean sea. Patrick de Marien, the president of the cave, and Bernard Pueyo, the director, work in conjunction with Tardieu/Laurent in trying to produce wines of higher quality each year.
The AOC Corbières was created in 1985 and measures 23,000 hectares (56,810 acres). The appellation requires a minimum of two grapes in a wine blend.

The co-op farms 350 hectares (868 acres) around the tiny hamlet of Embres et Castelmaure. The 760 parcels are inspected and the characteristics recorded on computer. Each parcel is supervised individually by a technician who dedicates his time to this task. They have re-learned to prune, plough, check yields, sort, select, with a permanent focus on the respect of the environment. All the grapes are harvested by hand. In the cellar, vats hygiene, temperature control, ultramodern pressing contribute to a better expression of the terroir.
Castelmaure produces 90% red wine of which 80% is A.O.C. Corbières. The soil is made of schist, limestone, alluvial river wash and argilo-calcaire.

Grape Varietals: 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah. Classic vinification in temperature controlled vats. The wine is fined and slightly filtered before bottling. Alcohol 13.5%

Poggio Anima, Sicilia Nero d’Avola Asmodeus (2017)

Grape: Nero d’Avola
Geography: Sicily, Italy
Appellation: Sicilia
Features: Organic

Calling its creations “weeknight wines” belies the pedigree, power and panache behind Poggio Anima. Poggio Anima is a collection of seven wines representing four regions typifying the cultural heartbeat of each area. Poggio Anima, translated as ‘Hill of Soul,’ personifies the individual vineyards cultivated for each bottle.

Poggio Anima is a joint venture between one of Tuscany’s rising stars, Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie in Montalcino and his U.S.A. importer Ronnie Sanders of Vine Street Imports. The idea is straightforward: to source great vineyards from existing relationships and produce a real wine that conveys a place and a grape.

Why the ancient pagan labels?

There is an everyday dichotomy between good and bad in the world. Looking for balance in all things (including wine) is a vital quest for many. The Eastern ideology of Yin Yang is the core of this ‘balance’ in the Poggio Anima concept. Fusing this Eastern belief with Western philosophy is apparent when you look at the contradiction of red and white (wines), good vs evil (demons vs angels) and modern ideas with old world winemaking practices (catchy, fun packaging with classic old world wine).

The white wines are named after religious archangels while the reds are named after fallen angels. Each wine was specifically named for the persona of the grape, region or style of the wine. Each wine hails from one variety, a single-vineyard and representing its indigenous place of origin.

This is real wine, from a real place, made by real people.

This is Poggio Anima.

Tasting notes:
Dark garnet. Notes of ripe plums, leather, garrigue and pepper on the nose, with ripe black cherry and a touch of candied berry on the palate.  Finishes with fruit sweetness and a licorice note with soft gripping tannins to hold it all together.

Anka, Valle del Maipo Red Blend (2012)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Petit Verdot
Geography: Central Valley, Chile
Appellation: Valle del Maipo
Features: Organic
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 7% Carminere, 5%Syrah, 2% Petite Verdot. Aged 12 months in barrels (20% new). In the glass it displays a deep red color that recalls plums and strawberry aromas with a juicy texture supported by integrated tannins and a generous finish of wild berries, dried fruit, and sweet spice. Anka is a certified organic wine that comes from the Pargua winery and the producer of Domus Aurea. Winemaker Jean Pascal Lacaze believes that wine is only as good as the grapes from which it is made. At his Maipo Valley vineyard Lacaze grows the grapes sustainably and organically, uses the best fruit, ages the wine in individually selected barrels and blends the juice at just the right time. The label artwork was created by renowned Chilean artist Benjamin Lira, who took his inspiration from the word Pargua, meaning “full moon” in the Mapuche language.
 
Saturday:
 

Catskill Provisions, New York Honey Whiskey

Located in a small corner of the Northwest Catskill Mountains, Catskill Provisions specializes in creating raw, all-natural handmade food products while subscribing to the philosophy that a thriving society makes use of the closest resources around it. Within Delaware and Sullivan County and surrounding areas, they source as many materials from local purveyors as they can while employing people from within our community.

They blazed their own trail to bring you this uniquely spicy, nutty rye whiskey infused with their honey from hives located across the Catskill Mountains. Their honey is added after aging in new American charred barrels – only as a balancing agent not to sweeten this complex whiskey.  Indulge in its’ smooth, rich flavor with hints of toffee, burnt orange and golden raisin. Winner of the Chairman’s Trophy with a 94 rating from the prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2017 and a Gold Medal at the 2017 SIP Awards.

Local Honey + Local Whiskey! What can beat that?

Wine & Rye This Weekend @ il Vino Torchio!

Posted on November 1, 2018

It’s the NYC Marathon this Weekend and we will have open on Friday:  3 French wines brought from a famous importer Kermit Lynch, a red blend from Vacqueyras appellation, one of the top from South Rhone, a interesting blend from Corsica island and a Muscadet white from Loire in France, in addition we will have open a nice red blend from Portugal!
On Saturday we will have a Ragtime rye from Williamburg, Brooklyn! Delicious!!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full wine description:
Kermit Lynch was raised in San Luis Obispo, but his name has become synonymous with French and Italian wines. In 1972, with a $5,000 loan and maybe a bit of gumption, this writer/musician opened Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant with thirty-five cases of wine stacked on the floor. Attracted by the Old World wine cultures of Europe, Kermit became a retailer, distributor, and national importer for authentic wines that express their terroir. Much like his close friends, the late food writer Richard Olney and Chez Panisse’s founder Alice Waters, Kermit’s influence has been enduring. He has had so much success shining the spotlight on small, artisan producers that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government with their prestigious “Legion d’Honneur.”

Kermit’s creative nature continues to extend beyond the two doors of his Berkeley storefront. In 1998, he purchased the historic Domaine Les Pallières in Gigondas in partnership with his friends, the Brunier brothers of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. In addition to having three books published, Adventures on the Wine Route (1988, Veuve Cliquot Wine Book of the Year), Inspiring Thirst (2004), and the 25th Anniversary Edition: Adventures on the Wine Route (2013), his passion for roots music has driven him to record five CDs so far. Kermit and his wife, photographer Gail Skoff, divide their time between Berkeley, California and Provence, France—where Kermit says he is “near enough to Domaine Tempier that I can fill up the trunk of my car whenever I need to.”

Domaine le Sang des Cailloux, Vacqueyras Cuvée de Lopy (2015)

Grapes: Grenache and Syrah Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Vacqueyras

One glimpse of Serge Férigoule’s barbell moustache might be enough for one to be completely enamored with the wines of Le Sang des Cailloux, although they also speak remarkably well for themselves. This domaine’s name means “the blood of the stones,” and Serge Férigoule is most certainly the heart that links the two together. In 1974, Serge left winemaking school with a longing to return to the vineyards. He went to work for Monsieur Ricard’s family in 1979 to oversee the vineyards. Without anyone in his family to succeed him, Ricard decided to gamble by partnering with Serge in 1982. In 1990, after Monsieur Ricard’s retirement, Serge launched Le Sang des Cailloux. Vacqueyras had just been awarded an A.O.C. that same year, a timely twist of fate that helped Serge’s wines to become as celebrated as they deserve.

All of Serge’s seventeen hectares rest on the great Plateau des Garrigues, where red clay, limestone, and the famous galets roulés, or rounded stones, impart a terrific intensity and depth to the wines. Given the aridity of the soil, the vines here are naturally prone to lower yields—this gives the wines their concentration and power. That Serge has been farming organically for years but has never sought certification says something about his philosophy. He is not looking to impress; only to make the best wines he possibly can. Serge is also sentimental—each year, the Cuvée Traditionnelle of Le Sang des Cailloux is named for one of his daughters, Floureto, Doucinello and Azalaïs. The “Vieilles Vignes” is also called “Lopy,” named for his hometown. His wines have everything we love about the Rhône – wild and chewy with great notes of leather, spicy garrigue, and smoky, black fruit.

Duorum, Douro Colheita Red (2014)

Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz Geography: Douro, Portugal Appellation: Douro
Winery Overview The name Duorum, which is Latin for “from two,” captures the spirit of this famed Portuguese winery, which was founded in 2007 by João Portugal Ramos and José Soares Franco, two of Portugal’s most renowned oenologists. Ramos, widely considered the “King of the Alentejo,” began his career as a groundbreaking wine consultant in the 1980s, and today runs successful projects in the Alentejo, Vinho Verde, Beiras, and Douro. Franco, on the other hand, spent 27 years as wine director for one of Portugal’s most renowned wines: the Douro’s Barca Velha. Longtime friends and admirers of each other’s work, they sought to pool their combined 60 years of winemaking experience and create a wine together. Today, Duorum is widely recognized as a gold standard for Portuguese wines. Location of Vineyard Duorum has vineyards in the Douro’s mountainous, schistose Cima Corga, and its arid Douro Superior. The microclimates and terroir in these subregions are quite different, which brings together grapes of varied characteristics. This unique blend creates a layered, complex wine. Winemaking Philosophy Duroum is founded on the principle of celebrating the Douro region’s unique terroir and winemaking heritage. Only native Portuguese grape varieties are planted in the hard, schistose soil of the Duorum vineyards. The mountains in the area are so steep that vines are planted in terraces overlooking the winding Douro River far below. The landscape is made even more breathtaking by the abundance of native olive trees and indigenous wildlife, such as the endangered Bonelli’s Eagle. A deeply felt ethic of sustainability and stewardship toward the land drives Duorum. Their use of native flora and the character it adds to their wine has placed them in high regard. In fact, in 2012 Duorum received the European Union’s Business & Biodiversity award for its outstanding achievements in halting biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems. Internationally acclaimed oenologists João Portugal Ramos and José Soares Franco graduated from El Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Higher Institute of Agronomy) in 1977 with degrees in agronomy. Both gentlemen received work placements at the National Winegrowing Station at Dois Portos from 1977 to 1978. In the 30 years that followed, João and José have left an indelible mark on the industry, both domestically and internationally. With more than three generations of winemaking history between their families, they chose to combine their superior skills and passion for winemaking and founded Duorum in 2007.

40% Touriga Nacional, 40% Touriga Franca, and 20% Tinta Roriz

A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz, this wine comes from two different parcels of land in two different Douro sub-regions at two different altitudes. The grapes are carefully selected and fermented in stainless steel tanks before aging in oak barrels for approximately twelve months.

A richly aromatic wine of black cherries, tar, mocha, and a hint of violets. On the palate, this wine’s rich texture is balanced perfectly against a zesty acidity, and rounded out by well-integrated, fine-grained tannins. This wine begs for another sip as its mellifluous flavors develop well into the finish.

Domaine Maestracci, Vin de Corse-Calvi Clos Reginu (2017)

Grapes: Syrah and GrenacheGeography: Corsica, FranceAppellation: Vin de Corse-Calvi
High in the foothills of Monte Grossu mountain, inland from Calvi, lies the granite plateau of Reginu, an area long known for U Vinu di E Prove – the wine of the Prove, as the micro-climate is known. The particularity of the plateau is the exposition to hot and dry daytime temperatures with high altitude cool nights, all within a short distance from the sea and regular maritime winds. The plateau has been continuously used for vine and olive growing for centuries, and was once the site of a major olive pressing operation that supplied a large part of France with its olive oil. In 1945, when the owner of the olive oil mill packed up and moved his operation to colonial Algeria is search of bigger land and greater profits, Roger Maestracci saw a golden opportunity and moved in. The departing olive oil baron had left behind a massive concrete structure with walls so thick the air inside stayed cool year round. Originally used to house the mill and the pressed oil, Roger adapted the structure for old wooden casks and concrete tanks and set about replanting vines on the property. Within a few years the domaine had established a firm reputation in the area and when it came time for Roger to retire in the early 1980’s he passed along the reigns of the domaine to his son-in-law, Michel Raoust, who still runs the domaine today. Given the particularity of the terroir and the diverse influence of the temperature variations and granite soils, Michel allows the red an extended time to age and mellow before release, at least two years in large oak casks, while the white is bottled young to maintain the freshness and iodized ocean breeze of the terroir. The wines Michel makes are quintessential Mediterranean food wines.

Éric Chevalier, Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu La Noe (2016)

Grape: Melon de Bourgogne Geography: Loire Valley, France Appellation: Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu

Éric Chevalier is a rising star in the Nantais of the Loire Valley. For ten years, he sourced fruit for a large négociant in the Touraine. In 2005, he decided to return to his hometown of Saint-Philbert de Grandlieu, just southwest of Nantes, and ended up taking over the family domaine, Domaine de l’Aujardière, the next year. His father, a talented vigneron who did not bottle much of his wines and was well-known as a high-quality source of bulk wine, had stopped working the vineyards and the vines were either going to have to be pulled up and replanted, or sold. Éric was anything but enthusiastic. Little by little his passion grew, and today he is proud to be the fourth generation to farm the domaine. He is also proud to be bottling more and more of the family’s production himself. Éric sustainably farms twenty-five hectares of vines, producing wines of great character and finesse. He found his future in his family’s past.

The Nantais is a maritime climate, and the vineyards are not far from the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, there is an interesting variety of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks, as this area once was ocean floor. Of the twenty-five hectares he farms, a large percentage of his production is dedicated to the production of Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu, mostly from old vines in the superb lieu-dit of La Butte). The soils here are comprised primarily of serpentinite and quartz, with the exception of his ancient granite parcel known as La Noë. The other half of his crop (Chardonnay, Fié Gris, and Pinot Noir, among others) goes towards the production of Vin de Pays du Val du Loire, and the soils are rich in granite, sand, and silt. Of these “country” wines, the most notable is Éric’s Fié Gris. This grape, pulled out of vineyards for many years to be replaced with the more profitable Sauvignon Blanc, is indigenous to the Loire. Also known as Sauvignon Rose or Sauvignon Gris, Éric’s vines are one of the few remaining strongholds of this elegant and luscious varietal. It makes an impression, with almost an Alsatian exoticism.

Saturday:

NEW YORK DISTILLING COMPANY 

The earliest distilleries in Brooklyn date back to the 1700’s. During Prohibition there were over 50,000 illicit stills in New York City. Since Prohibition however, the ethereal perfumes of distillation have been largely absent…until now.

The New York Distilling Company builds on this dream by establishing one of the nation’s premiere craft distilleries. 

Ragtime Rye 200ml
We also have NEW 200ml FLASKS of Ragtime Rye Straight Whiskey – The Highest Rated American Craft Rye Whiskey by the New York Times.   A perfect grab-and-go item for the holidays
Ragtime Rye Straight Whiskey (in the flask) – 3-5 year old small batch (they do 14 barrels per batch), distilled with a mashbill of 75% rye, 13% corn, and 12% malted barley.   One farmer, Rick Petersen, in Geneva, NY grows ALL of the rye they use in our whiskey.   It is matured exclusively in new, 53 gallon, char #3, white oak barrels.   Bottled at 90.4 proof, Ragtime Rye was the New York Times Highest Rated Craft Rye in a recent rye tasting article that focused on American ryes under 10 years of age, and got a Gold at the San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2017
 
 

Mister Katz’s

ROCK & RYE

Mister Katz grew up on the B&O railroad, spitting distance from the old Hannisville Distillery. In the days, before Prohibition there was all manner of entertainment to keep a young man’s fancy: the ponies, chewing tobacco, malts at the drugstore, and an evening’s treat of Rock & Rye.
An American classic, authentic Rock & Rye could once be found on the back bar of most noteworthy establishments. Over a century later we proudly present Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye. In service to the past and present, it marries our youthful rye whiskey and  rock candy sugar with sour cherries, cinnamon, and a wisp of citrus. Enjoy it on its on or in a cocktail.

RAGTIME RYE

AMERICAN STRAIGHT WHISKEY

At the dawn of a new century, before the turbulence of Prohibition, the stalwarts of saloons and brothels alike were Ragtime and Rye. The syncopated rhythms of a uniquely American music were punctuated by well-built melody and shades of harmony; to ask for a whiskey cocktail meant a hearty Rye in hand – bold, slightly spicy and full of warm flavor. From Lincoln to the Dust Bowl, the wrath of battle to the backyard barbecue, Rye Whiskey has waxed and waned like amber waves of grain, its popularity, only recently, reclaimed as a resolute American spirit.

Distilled from rye proudly grown in New York State, this uncompromising whiskey is aged exclusively in full-size barrels to ensure robust flavor and nuanced finish. If the destiny of nations depends on cultural nourishment then ours may rest, in fulfillment, with Ragtime and Rye.

Friday: French Wine Tasting And Saturday: Local Rice Whiskey!

Posted on October 25, 2018

Join us this weekend for a double tasting function,
 On Friday we will have open 3 French wines, a Picpoul white grape from Languedoc-Roussillon and two reds, Rhône Valley blend + unique blend from Southwest France from Gaillac appellation!
On Saturday:  We will have open the first Rice Whiskey in the country from Bushwick, Brooklyn!                                                                                                                                                     
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm

See below full information:

Friday:

Château l’Ermitage, Costières de Nîmes Sainte Cecile (2015)

Grapes: Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Grenache

Geography: Rhône Valley, France

Appellation: Costières de Nîmes
In the 12th century, Château l’Ermitage belonged to the Ermites of the ancient Sainte Cécile d’Estagel’s Abbaye, a stop on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage. The first cellar was built in 1800 near the old Ermitage. For over thirty years, Michel and Jérôme Castillon have been making wines from the 80 hectare vineyard. The vineyard of Chateau L’Ermitage benefits from the southern exposure of Costières de Nîmes and overlooks the Camargue and the Mediterranean Sea. This location provides excellent ripening conditions due to the sun and the cool wind coming from the sea.
Brightly garnet robe. Full taste with a good fruity and spicy structure. A thirst quenching wine with supple tannins.

Château Lastours, Tradition (2015)

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Fer Servadou

Geography: Southwest France, France

Appellation: Gaillac
If Gaillac wines had kept the reputation they had in the 15th century, they would be as famous today as Bordeaux. Landlocked between Toulouse and Albi, the region depended upon Bordeaux to export its wines, whose merchants and shippers made sure they never got a fair chance. The De Faramond family benefits from an advantageous hillside plots, overlooking the Tarn River, and from the dual influence from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Château de Lastours is in the south of France, in the Corbières area, on an old Roman road known as the Via Domitia – which goes from Narbonne to Spain. A castrum was built on the route to accommodate travellers. The Castrum de Turribus later became Château de Lastours, in reference to the watchtowers that overlooked the Via Domitia at this particularly dangerous point.
This wine’s strong colour and powerful nose is the perfect combination of woody notes and Mediterranean fragrances (olives, dark berries, spices). Its fine tannins and full character make it a very racy wine.

Domaine Felines Jourdan, Picpoul de Pinet (2017)

Grape: Picpoul

Geography: Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Appellation: Picpoul de Pinet

Ms. Claude Jourdan tends the vines and makes the wines at her family estate in the Picpoul area near Mèze on the Mediterranean coast, halfway between Marseille and the Spanish frontier.From the winery and vineyards you can see the oyster beds in the shallow Mediterranean a few hundred meters away.This domaine-bottled version is a big step up from the cooperatives in the area, since the Jourdan family takes great care to limit yields and create the best Picpoul you can buy.This wine has won many awards in France and abroad.Bright, citrusy, yet mouthfillingly rich, this wine has a great finish.
Their Picpoul is a blend of 3 “terroirs”, with different soils and climates : Félines, Les Cadastres and La Coulette . 45 ha, spread on the 3 terroirs.
In mouth, the typical acidity of Picpoul de Pinet is present, along with a really beautiful structure, ample, pleasant and harmonious. The final is long and exotic. The first nose is pleasant and explosive, with aromas of fresh fruits,and exotic fruits. Complex, this wine expresses hints of citrus fruit, aniseed, fennel, lime tree, honeysuckle, acacia, and has a light flavour of mineral. Its robe is gold coloured and shinny, with green shades.
Saturday:

Bushwick Rise Whiskey!

Moto Spirits Distillery

They’re a new craft micro distillery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the first rice whiskey distillery in North America.

TASTE THE ADVENTURE

Small batch, rice-based whiskeys and specialty spirits discovered during motorcycle trips around the world. Handcrafted in america’s first rice whiskey distillery, adventurous spirits inspired by travel and made in brooklyn, new york.

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RICE WHISKEY

ALCOHOL: 42% abv

Aged for six months in American oak bourbon barrels

THE GRAIN
Rice, glutinous

THE LOOK
Medium amber color

THE NOSE
Vibrant, fruity, subtle hints of rice pudding, dried fruit, vanilla

THE TASTE
Smooth, flavors of rice, caramel, toasted candied almonds, mild woodspice. Finish is subdued with a hint of burnt sugar and lingering tannic oak.